June 16, 2019

Before I joined, the CIA’s Head of Recruitment recommended I watch Ronin to learn something about the life of a spy. It’s a story set in the years between the Cold War and 9/11, when spies were using old skills to do new things. 

The new things in Ronin inclu...

January 10, 2019

In his 2008 bestseller Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell famously highlighted the 10,000 hour “rule.” The “rule” is that it usually takes 10,000 hours of practice to be an expert at something.

One of his examples is the Beatles. Over a four-year period, they played over 1,200...

September 23, 2017

When you do an edited radio interview, you give up a lot of power.

You sit and talk for a while. They ask questions. You answer them. 

Then the real work begins.  

The interviewer and editor cut and splice what you say. They pull together what they think will be int...

January 27, 2017

Scott Adams wrote this about President Trump's first week: 

"Here’s how the math of persuasion works in this situation:

1 outrage out of 3 headlines in a week: Bad Persuasion

25 outrages out of 25 headlines in a week: Excellent Persuasion

At the moment there are so many ou...

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